Best of the Northwest – Award Winning Anacortes

Evening Magazine - Best Northwest EscapesAnacortes – located on beautiful Fidalgo Island – has received numerous awards and accolades over the years, both for businesses on the island, plus parks and recreational experiences.

Deception Pass State Park – Located on Fidalgo Island, as well as on Whidbey Island, this state park has so much to offer! It’s the Winner of BEST State Park for 2014, 2013, 2012; BEST Picnic Spot for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012; BEST Roadside Attraction for 2010. Deception Pass State Park has also been nominated for Best Storm Watching over multiple years. Click here to see all awards and nominations.

Anacortes Kayak Tours – AKT is a fun-loving group of outdoor professionals who know how to create rewarding experiences for guests of all ages and experiences – family friendly, and family run! From April through Mid-October, enjoy regularly scheduled day trips that depart from their conveniently located kayak docks in Anacortes. Custom Trips are available year round. Anacortes Kayak Tours has been the Winner of BEST Eco Adventure for 2013, 2012, and 2010. Click here to see all awards and nominations.

Island Adventures Whale Watching – Locally owned and operated out of Anacortes, they’ve been active members of the Pacific Whale Watch Association since 1996. Their success rate is second to none, with whales sighted on 6431 out of 6630 tours since 2002. They’ve taken the top award as Winner of the BEST Whale Watching from 2010 to 2015 – that’s six years in a row! Click here to see all awards and learn more.

Anacortes Waterfront Festival

Anacortes Waterfront Festival

Washington Park – Located on the west side of Fidalgo Island, is a 220 acre city-owned park, separate from the Anacortes Community Forest Lands. Open year-round, it offers campsites, picnic shelters, group tenting, hiking and paved road walking, and a boat launch. Washington Park has been a finalist for Best Neighborhood Park from 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012, and was nominated for Best Campground. Click here to see all nominations.

Anacortes Waterfront Festival – Organized by the Chamber of Commerce, the Waterfront Festival offers two days packed with fun, food, arts & crafts, and music! Finalist in 2013 for the Best Street Fair. Click here to see nominations and learn more.

Majestic Inn and Spa – Located in the heart of Downtown Anacortes, the Majestic offers a wide variety of Accommodation & Excursion packages, and has been a finalist for Best Romantic Hotel in 2014, 2013, and 2012. Click here to see nominations and learn more.

Anacortes Farmers Market – Get Fresh, Get Local, Get Connected! Open on Saturdays (May-October) from 9am to 2pm, the Anacortes Farmers Market offers live music every week, fabulous produce straight from the farms, food from local friends, and incredible art. The AFM has been a finalist for Best Farmer’s Market in 2013 and 2012. Click here to see nominations and learn more.

Swinomish Casino & Lodge – Swinomish RV Park is located on Fidalgo Island overlooking the Swinomish Channel. With a views of Mount Baker, Cascade Mountains, and San Juan Islands our park features 35 full-service sites. The Swinomish has been a finalist for Best RV Park for 2014 and 2013, and Best Resort in 2014. Click here to see nominations and learn more.

Mt Erie Park – Go for a hike, or take the paved road up to the top of Mt Erie and enjoy the sights from your choice of three lookout points. Mt Erie is the highest point on Fidalgo Island, and the park encompasses 160 acres. It has been a finalist for Best Place to Watch a Sunset for 2013, 2012 and 2010. Click here to see nominations and learn more.

Anacortes Diving and Supply – Walk through a showroom full of the latest and greatest for all thing scuba, or schedule a class to learn how to scuba or snorkel.  They also offer diving excursions, both in cold water and in tropical locations. Anacortes Diving has been the Runner Up for Best Scuba Diving in 2014 and 2013, and has been a finalist in 2015, 2012, 2011 and 2010. Click here to see nominations and learn more.

Cap Sante Inn – The Cap Sante Inn is located in the heart of Anacortes, one block off of the main road, offering 34 spacious rooms with convenient access to downtown dining and shops within a short walk. The majority of their rooms overlook the Cap Sante Marina and spectacular Fidalgo Bay to the east. The Cap Sante Inn was a finalist for Best Motel in 2010. Click here to see nomination and learn more.

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